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August 13, 2019
Law Enforcement News

Thousands Honor Slain 24-Year-Old LAPD Officer Who Wanted To Make A Difference
Growing up in Northeast Los Angeles, Juan Jose Diaz developed a passion about a couple of Los Angeles institutions: He loved the Dodgers and ate cereal from a plastic team helmet. At 5 years old, he talked about someday wearing the uniform of a Los Angeles police officer. Two years ago, Diaz joined the Los Angeles Police Department and worked his way into the Special Operations Division, a unit known for advanced surveillance techniques and investigations into department personnel. But his childhood dream was short-lived: The young officer was shot and killed while off duty last month near a taco stand in Lincoln Heights, not far from the neighborhood where he grew up. On Monday, several thousand mourners said their final goodbyes to Diaz during a funeral at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown that drew state and local officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, Sheriff Alex Villanueva, dozens of family and friends and law enforcement from across the state and country who gathered to honor the 24-year-old officer. “To all of us, it's a profound day of loss and sorrow,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the crowd, calling Diaz a young man full of life and possibilities. “The men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department will never forget him.”
Los Angeles Times

CHP Officer Killed In Terrifying Riverside Gunfight
A California Highway Patrol officer was killed Monday and two other officers were wounded when a man with an assault-style rifle opened fire in a brazen daytime shootout off a freeway in Riverside that also left the gunman dead. The gunfire erupted around 5:30 p.m. after a CHP officer pulled over a white pickup truck on a road just off Interstate 215 east of Los Angeles, Riverside police spokesman Ryan Railsback said. Officers decided to impound the truck and a tow truck had been called when the driver reached into the back of his pickup, grabbed a rifle and opened fire, authorities said. Details about the violation that led to the traffic stop were not immediately available. The first CHP officer, later identified as Officer Andre Moye, was shot, followed by two others who responded to his call for help, Railsback said. Video showed one officer rushed to the hospital in the back seat of a patrol car while Moye was taken by helicopter to the hospital where he later died. Riverside police and Riverside County sheriff's deputies also were called and more gunfire erupted as the gunman took cover in front of his car before he was killed, authorities said.

Assault Suspect Arrested In Miracle Mile Area
An assault suspect who may have been wielding a pipe was arrested by police Monday in the Miracle Mile area. Officers responded to the area of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue shortly before noon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. No shots were fired in the arrest, according to police, but reports from the scene indicated that officers may have deployed a stun gun and possibly bean-bag rounds to subdue the person. Reports also suggested the suspect may have been wielding some sort of pipe. The suspect's name was not immediately released. Paramedics took two people for hospital treatment of unspecified injuries. One person was believed to be the suspect, but it was unclear who the second patient was.
FOX 11

Dump Truck Chase Starts In LA, Ends With 3 Vehicles Struck In Alhambra And Arrest Of Suspect
A man stole a dump truck in Los Angeles and led officers on a chase until crashing into three vehicles in Alhambra, leaving one person injured Monday morning, authorities said. Officers arrested Brian Wayne Haddock, 39, of Pacoima on suspicion of felony evading police. The truck was stolen from San Fernando Road and Penrose Street around 4:30 a.m., apparently from a lot, LAPD spokesman Officer Tony Im said. The truck was going southbound on Atlantic Boulevard when it careened into a Honda Accord heading west on Valley Boulevard, Alhambra Sgt. Sigfredo Villegas said, and then it crashed into two pickup trucks traveling north on Atlantic. The suspect ran, but LAPD officers caught him at Norwood Place and Olive Avenue, Villegas said. The Accord's driver was hospitalized and released. 
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Social Media Influencer Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Sex With Underage Girl, Assaulting 2 Teens
A Los Angeles social media influencer pleaded not guilty to having sex with an underage girl and assaulting her and another teenager in separate incidents over the past year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Friday. Raymundo Diaz, 33, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, one count each of oral copulation of a person under the age of 18, sodomy of a person under 18, injuring a cohabitant and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, according to the DA's office news release. He also faces three misdemeanor counts of battery on a girlfriend. Diaz, who has 3.1 million Instagram followers, met a 16-year-old girl in 2018 and the two began making social media videos together, according to the news release. He then engaged in sexual activity with the underage girl, and physically assaulted her on at least three separate occasions, the DA's office said. Diaz also attacked a 19-year-old woman who lived with him, and tried to stop her from calling police, authorities said.

Littlerock Murder Suspect Being Sought By L.A. Sheriff's Investigators
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the public for help capturing a fugitive believed to have shot and killed a man in Littlerock. Investigators say 60-year-old Trinidad "Trinity" Garcia, a transient in the Littlerock area, killed Michael Robbins shortly before 6 a.m. on Aug. 11 in the 13800 block of East Avenue R 6. Garcia is described as a Hispanic man approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Garcia was last seen driving away from the crime scene in a 2004 blue Hyundai Elantra with California license plate: 5LJE903. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect or his vehicle is asked to call the L.A. Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
FOX 11

L.A. Gang Member Who Helped Firebomb Black Residents' Homes Sentenced
A gang member was sentenced Monday to a dozen years in federal prison for firebombing the homes of black residents in the Boyle Heights area five years ago in an effort to drive the apartment dwellers out of the neighborhood. Josue “Malo” Garibay, 26, of Boyle Heights was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after completing his prison term. Garibay — the fifth of eight defendants to be sentenced in the case — admitted in his plea agreement that the gang targeted apartments in the Ramona Gardens complex because of the occupants' race and color with the intent to force the victims to move away from the federally funded housing project. The racially motivated, nighttime attacks occurred on Mother's Day 2014, targeting homes containing sleeping babies and elderly people, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said, adding a sentencing enhancement for “vulnerable victims.”

L.A. Ponzi Schemer Sentenced To Federal Prison For $7 Million Fraud
A con man who posed as a thriving sports drink entrepreneur in order to fleece victims out of $7 million while living at the lavish Ritz-Carlton Residences in downtown Los Angeles was sentenced Monday to more than seven years behind bars. Khemraj Dave Hardat “defrauded the people he cultivated as friends,” causing “mental and emotional distress” to victims who were talked into wiring him millions of dollars, U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer said from the bench. “The victims lost their hopes and dreams while the defendant lived a luxurious life,” the judge said. As Fischer sentenced him to 87 months in federal prison and ordered $6.4 million in restitution, Hardat staggered and appeared to faint, falling backwards from where he was standing. U.S. marshals caught him, placed him in a chair and the judge continued. Hardat pleaded guilty in April to five federal wire fraud counts, each carrying a possible maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

Public Safety News

Free Vaccination Day For Children In Los Angeles
The Saban Clinic will be offering, on Monday, free vaccines for children before returning to school. The day is in response to the recent increase in measles cases in the county and there will also be vaccines available for adults who take their children and need immunization. The event will take place between 8 in the morning and 8 at night To receive the vaccine, parents must keep the following documents: child's immunization record, photo identification of the parent / guardian and their child's insurance card. If the child does not have insurance, the organizers will also offer help to enroll him in Medi-Cal. Free vaccination day. When: Monday, August 12 - 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Where: Saban Clinic: 5205 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038. 

High Temperatures Will Bring Elevated Fire Risk To Los Angeles County
A warming trend will bring an elevated fire risk to Los Angeles County over the next few days, the National Weather Service said Monday. Temperatures are expected to rise starting Tuesday before another cooling trend moves in Friday, said Lisa Phillips, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard. The peak of the heat wave is expected Wednesday, when high temperatures are predicted to be 6 to 10 degrees above normal across most of Los Angeles County. It will be hottest in Woodland Hills and the Santa Clarita Valley, where Wednesday's temperatures are forecast between 102 and 104 degrees, the weather service said. In West Covina, El Monte and Pasadena, midweek temperatures are predicted to range from 97 to 99 degrees. The risk of fire will be elevated through Thursday, thanks to the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and dry vegetation, Phillips said.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. County Highlights Expansion Of Program Aimed At Identifying Threats
With Southland students preparing to head back to school in the shadow of recent mass shootings, Los Angeles County officials Monday touted a major expansion in a program aimed at identifying people who could potentially pose a threat and intervening with support services. Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger said the county has tripled the size and scope of the School Threat Assessment Response Team, or START. “I have no doubt that the START program has already saved lives, and this expansion means that we are more prepared than ever to intervene and get help to a troubled student before a violent incident,” Hahn said in a statement. The START program involves staff from the county Department of Mental Health working with schools and first responders in an effort to prevent potential campus threats from escalating. The team provides training to school staffers, students and parents and works to identify and assess “stated, implied or perceived threats.”

Last-Minute Guide For Tuesday's Election Of LA City Councilperson In Northwest San Fernando Valley
The voters of Council District 12 will head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 13, to determine the future of the northwest stretch of the San Fernando Valley and choose a candidate who will represent them at City Hall. The two candidates are seeking to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Mitchell Englander, who left his post at the end of last year to take a job with a sports and entertainment firm. The office has been traditionally passed on from Councilman Hal Bernson to his top aide, Councilman Greig Smith, who later passed the seat to Englander, his chief of staff. Englander was the only Republican on the City Council. Whoever wins Tuesday's election will finish Englanger's term, which ends in December of 2020. Loraine Lundquist, a Democrat, mother, environmental activist and suitability professor at Cal State Northridge. During her campaign, Lundquist has focused on various issues, including environment and homelessness. John Lee, a Republican, son of South Korean immigrants and former City Hall aide who served as Englander's chief of staff, focused on issues such as public safety and homelessness.
Los Angeles Daily News

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